Deborah Lynn O'Kelley

Born in Nashville, TN on August 25, 1952

Departed on December 19, 2016 and resided in Goodlettsville, TN

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Mrs. Deborah Lynn O’Kelley, 64, of Goodlettsville, passed away peacefully on December 19, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on August 25, 1952 to Ms. Anna Lynn McMutry and the late L. B. McMutry.

She is survived by her husband, Mr. Paul O’Kelley; daughter, Tara Lynn Bailey; son, Bret Garner Carr(Georgia); step son, Paul O’Kelley, Jr. (Cindy); step daughter, Angela Richardson; brothers, Kerry McMutry and Larry McMutry; nine grandchildren, Emma, Ella, Eva, Greyson, Nate, Jesse, Cameron, Kate, and Abby.

Mrs. O’Kelley was a hairdresser in the city of Goodlettsville for over 30 years. She was always known to tell a good story, and she adored her grandchildren. She was a mother figure to everyone who came in contact with her. She enjoyed spending a majority of her time traveling with Paul, especially to the beach. She was truly a loving wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, and sister. Her family will remember her for her fun, outgoing, loving personality and her unwavering faith, family, and friends.

A life celebration will be held 12pm Friday, December 23 at Cole and Garrett in Goodlettsville. Visitation will be Thursday night from 5-8pm and again two hours prior to service time. Cole and Garrett of Goodlettsville is in charge of arrangements. 127 North Main Street Goodlettsville TN 37072

13 Comments to Mrs. Deborah Lynn O'Kelley

  1. Reda and Darrell Meador
    December 20, 2016 5:46 pm

    Brett and Tara,
    We are so sorry for your loss. I know how much she loved you all. I can only imagine how much she loved her grand babies. I haven’t seen her in years, but she was a beautiful lady, inside and out.

    Love you all,
    Reda and Darrell Meador

  2. Debbie Carter
    December 20, 2016 10:48 pm

    I haven’t seen Her in many years but I was always very fond of her. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  3. Barclay and Nancy Cox
    December 21, 2016 8:27 am

    Dear Paul and Family,
    We want you to know that we are remembering all of you as you go through this time of loss.
    For the past few years we have been Debi and Paul’s next door neighbors. She was a beautiful lady and certainly fought the good fight with the support of a loving husband, family, and friends.
    Barclay and Nancy Cox

  4. Mary Munroe
    December 21, 2016 10:38 am

    Anyone who ever met Debbie went away a better person with a big SMILE on their face. She had a contagious personality, always happy,eager to listen to heartaches and stories of happiness of so many people. For over 25 years my Mother enjoyed her Friday mornings going to the Beauty Shop. It was a wonderful social gathering place. she not only made them beautiful ; she encouraged and lifted their spirits. I always admired her kindness and love for her friends and family. She will be missed greatly but will be remembered in so many hearts. Your famiy was BLESSED to have had her as a wife, daughter, mom, sister, aunt or cousin, and many of us who were able to call her Friend!!!

  5. Kate mcgee
    December 21, 2016 1:06 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Everyone who knew Debbie, loved her. She was always friendly and nice to everyone. She put up a good fight and always looked so good.She was so proud of Tara and Bret.

  6. Kimberly Colley
    December 21, 2016 4:26 pm

    Praying for all of you!

  7. Marsha O'Neal
    December 21, 2016 4:36 pm

    Debbie fought a good fight and she kept the Faith. She was an encourager to all with whom she came in contact. Even as she was ill, she was always concerned about others. She was truly blessed to have so many friends and family who dearly loved her. I am proud to have been one of those.

  8. Redgie Gentry
    December 22, 2016 7:03 pm

    So very sorry to hear this !! Prayers for Paul and his family at this time of loss ! May she rest in peace !

  9. Lynn Moss
    December 23, 2016 12:40 am

    Dear Brett and Tara,

    My mother, Nell Ralph and I enjoyed Debbie’s friendship, her laughter, and the over all family feeling that was the essence of her Beauty Shop. She loved her family a great deal. All though we haven’t seen Debbie in a long time we have kept up with through mutual friends and Face Book. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this sad time.

    May your Mother’s love and your memory’s carry you through your time of loss.

  10. Douglas Dennis
    December 23, 2016 2:49 pm

    While I have not seen Debbie Lynn in over 20 years, we have communicated numerous times over the last 3+ years. Being a cancer survivor myself, I was always impressed with her positive attitude and her willingness to fight the good fight. She was truly a courageous person. I pray the Lord’s blessings on her family as they deal with the loss. I graduated from White House High School with Debbie Lynn in 1970.

  11. teresa wheeler
    December 23, 2016 9:29 pm

    The Davis family is so sorry for your loss . Our Mother, Naomi Davis loved her so much as we did too. A lot of great times and funny stories. Prayers with each of you.

  12. Debbie Nugent
    December 24, 2016 8:41 pm

    I have lost my friend since first grade. What a joy and fun soul she was. My love for her and memory will live with me until we meet in heaven. She was a wonderful person and mother.

  13. Nancy
    April 13, 2018 8:33 pm

    You were a sister to me, so many life time memories I don’y want to think. I was told to not call you after you told me to, sorry love. I would never be able to make anyone else understand what we had. So many people owe you so much that I can not wrap my brain around my debt, I love you today as I did when we were kids. We went through a lot in our early years of teenagers but we made it anyway, even with L.B. wanting to know how you got the bruised chin. Even after the guys and our kids came along we still had a bond no one else knew. My body and soul crash hard onto this world knowing you are gone, I will always love your family but you hold an even special spot. I love you my partner in crime. Bless you in this peace.

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